Kai Dominguez muffed a punt to back the University of Louisville football team up against its own end zone on its first possession of the game against Kentucky.
Teddy Bridgewater tried a sneak for a short gain and Jeremy Wright ran for another small gain and the Cardinals faced a third-and-nine from its own 2-yard-line.
The Cardinals were one non-converted third-down from giving true freshmen Josh Appleby his first attempt at a punt – from standing in the back of his end zone. Kentucky was likely going to get good field position in a 0-0 game.
Instead, Bridgewater threw a ball up the right sideline.
Damian Copeland was running stride-for-stride with Martavius Neloms, who stretched his arms just as the ball was about to arrive.
But Bridgewater put the ball out where nobody, except the diving Copeland. He caught the pass for 23 yards and converted the first down.
Twelve plays later, Jeremy Wright scored and the Cardinals' added a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead en route to the victory.
"I was just trying to get a completion to help our punter to get more space, so he could change the field position," Bridgewater said. "Once the corner walked up to press (Copeland), we just took advantage of the defensive adjustment."'
And in a big way.